SpaceX Is About To Attempt Another Barge-Landing – Watch It Live!

After hanging out in storage for over a decade, the Deep Space Climate Observatory is finally being launched to monitor solar storms. The satellite is getting into space on the back of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which means we're also counting down to another historic barge landing attempt! » 2/08/15 1:00pm 2/08/15 1:00pm

If SpaceX Launches, Where Will The Falcon Rocket Land? [Updated]

Last time we got too excited about SpaceX gearing up to attempt soft-landing on a barge, the launch was scrubbed. If the launch goes as scheduled on Tuesday morning, I have my fingers crossed the rocket will soft-land on an autonomous barge drone in the Atlantic Ocean. Update: Launch scrubbed, new window Friday. » 1/05/15 11:00pm 1/05/15 11:00pm

Help Find The Kid (Now Adult) Who Inspired Virgin Galactic [UPDATE]

Back in 1988, Richard Branson appeared on the BBC show "Going Live!" and fielded a call from a kid named Shihan Musafer. Shihan's question: "Have you ever thought about going into space?" 26 years later, the commercial spaceline Shihan inspired is poised to launch its first flight – and Branson wants help tracking… » 4/11/14 8:20am 4/11/14 8:20am

Virgin Galactic says it's on track to begin tours of space in 2014

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo underwent its second successful rocket-powered test flight yesterday, demonstrating its "wing-feathering" capabilities for the first time. In a video announcement released soon thereafter, Virgin CEO Richard Branson stated the company is "on track for a 2014 start of commercial service."… » 9/06/13 6:20am 9/06/13 6:20am

Richard Branson "determined to start a population on Mars"

Virgin Airlines CEO Richard Branson recently gave an interview with CBS News in which he said that he's hoping to start a colony on Mars — and that he'd very much like to take part in it. He also spoke about his plans to offer two-hour commercial space flights for $200,000 a pop, and how he's driven by the desire to… » 9/20/12 10:41am 9/20/12 10:41am

How to Get Tax Breaks by Doing Things in Space

If you're a financial procrastinator living in the US, chances are that you're hurriedly working on your taxes in anticipation of the April 17th filing deadline. Wouldn't it be great if you could choose to support spaceflight with some of that hard-earned cash? You can't earmark your taxes for NASA, but there are a… » 4/15/12 8:30am 4/15/12 8:30am

Got a plan to get us back to the Moon? NASA's got $30 million worth of…

In the clearest indication yet that the future of space exploration lies as much in the private sector as government agencies, NASA announced it's offering $30.1 million for the first commercial group to land a probe on the Moon. » 8/08/10 3:30pm 8/08/10 3:30pm

First Commercial Spacecraft is Ready for Its Closeup

Tonight marks a historic event: Virgin Galactic will unveil SpaceShipTwo, the first crewed commercial spaceship set to fly the extraterrestrial skies, at the Mojave Air and Spaceport. Get a sneak peek at the ship before its debut. [Gizmodo] » 12/07/09 12:00pm 12/07/09 12:00pm

The History (and Future) of Commercial Space Flight

Right now, the final frontier of space is only open to a select few. But in the coming decades, you won't need to be a supersoldier to go into orbit. You'll just need your wallet. » 2/12/09 2:30pm 2/12/09 2:30pm